England

Margaret of France – The flower of the French

Margaret of France was born around 1279 as the youngest child of Philip III of France and his second wife, Marie of Brabant. She was thus the half-sister of Philip IV of France. Margaret was still only around six years old when her father died in 1285, and her half-brother Philip became her guardian, and she [read more]

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Isabella of France

Queen Isabella and Bury St Edmunds Abbey

The Abbey Church of St Edmund was built between the 11th and 12th century, and the body of the martyred King Edmund was interred there in 1095. His shrine stood behind the high altar. The abbey church was once of the largest in the country, and it is now in ruins. One of its notable [read more]

Beatrice of England

Eleanor of Provence – Queen of England

Eleanor of Provence was born around 1223 as the second daughter of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence and Beatrice of Savoy. She and her three other sisters would all become Queens. Her eldest sister Margaret became Queen of France as the wife of Louis IX, King of France. Her third sister Sanchia became Queen [read more]

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England

Joan of Navarre – The accused witch

Joan of Navarre was born around 1368 as the daughter of King Charles II of Navarre and Joan of France. In her youth, Joan and her two siblings suddenly found themselves hostages of the regents of France, who also happened to be her maternal uncles. They were treated honourably and were only released by the intervention of the [read more]